Happy Valentines day, lovers!
How is everyone feeling this February 14th? Happy? Sad? Ready to vomit? Just like the flu or your in-law’s at Christmas, it comes around but once a year (I’m joking – I’m a Valentines fan, and an ‘in-law’s fan too) and this year Glossybox have released their own offering especially for the occasion. I’ve had one Glossybox before – I think it was the November Pop Art one – so I thought perhaps I’d get myself one more and let you know my thoughts. Of course, if you didn’t receive your February box yet, then I’m sorry for the spoilers.
It’s a beautiful simple matte white, with shiny pink antique-style lettering. I’m a sucker for a fun box and I just love this one – no pun intended. Inside there are five products, most of which were make up this time around. I actually prefer getting more ‘beauty’ type products like face creams or exfoliators personally, but I feel like the company were going for more of a get-ready-for-a-Valentines-date kit, rather than just a general ‘love’ theme.
Here’s my lowdown on the products below;
Royal Apothic Tinties Lip Butter – Coral
I really like this product – the colour is lovely, and the texture is very creamy. It isn’t waxy at all like a cheaper lip balm, in fact I’d say ‘butter’ really is the perfect description. The size is pretty small though, and I’m not a fan of how much space the glass packaging takes up, leaving barely any room for the actual lip butter. It’s a little thing of mine and no reflection on the product, but I also don’t like using tinted lip balms with my fingers. My all time favourite tinted lip balm is definitely Cor Balmy! by Barry M (literally amazing – I use the colour ‘Trouble and Strife Coral’), and I don’t have to get my fingers all sticky and pinky-red to use it, so I’ll definitely still be carrying that around. Despite all this, the tiny jar is very pretty and the tint is pretty moisturising.
$14 for 3.4g – 4 out of 5
B. All – Lengthening, Defining and Voluminising Waterproof Mascara
Another full-size, this mascara by B. is pretty good. Apparently they feature in the boxes relatively regularly, so I wasn’t surprised – though, looking at other recent Glossybox reviews, other people got different B. products such as eyebrow waxes. This mascara really is voluminising (major thick eyelashes!) and I have been lacking in a waterproof one. While volume isn’t something I usually go for, it’s definitely a good mascara to use for a night out.
£9.99 for 8ml – 3.5 out of 5
Gillette Venus Embrace Razor
I’ll admit I find this one a bit odd – what are the people at Glossybox trying to say exactly? But, without thinking into it too much, this razor is probably the fanciest one I’ve ever owned. The handle is a really comfy blue rubber and the blades are replaceable. Those things themselves don’t actually make this a fancy razor of course, but it just feels like it’d do a pretty close shave when you want it to.
£9.99 – 3 out of 5
Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow – 50 Shades
Probably my favourite product from the box is this mineral eyeshadow. The colour is really pigmented and I barely needed any on my finger (or my brush) to get a really good application. The colour is a dark grey and very glittery too – I can’t wait to try this, again, on a night out. It’s pretty small but I get the feeling a little will go a long way.
£14.49 for 1.2g – 4.5 out of 5
So Susan Rose Quartet – Lip and Cheek cream
I hate to say it, but from the looks of this I assumed it wouldn’t be very good. In my last box I got a So Susan mascara, which I was not a fan of at all, and that also contributed to my book-cover-judging. However, I actually like this palette – the colours all look really good on both the lips and the cheeks, though my favourites would have to be the bottom two shades. The dark red makes a lovely lip colour and a surprisingly nice cheek colour, and the bottom left really looked great as a blush with my skin tone. I’d advise you to forget the tiny brush though and just use your fingers with it.
£8 for 4g – 2.5 out of 5.
And there you have it, the valentines’ Glossybox for 2015. Personally I found the box OK and all of the products had a high value to them which makes the price (about £13 including postage) all the more sweet – but I can’t say any of them were things I would naturally buy for myself. As I said, personally I prefer the more beauty type products – for example I saw some people got hair care samples, and that would have been excellent. It’s not a reflection on the box itself, but rather just my preferences seeing as I’ve already found ‘favourites’ of many of these products and don’t have a need for them. Nonetheless, everything was a relatively high standard and, yes, the box is so beautiful.
That being said, I think if I was to order something similar again, I might spring for a different box company – the Birch Box looks quite good, so maybe I’ll try that next.
I hope everyone is having a really great Valentines’ day – and if you aren’t, remember it only lasts one day and you have an excuse to eat a tonne of junk food in ‘celebration’. Go on, I give you permission – whack out the cookies and ice cream. Maybe you could even grab a best friend and binge watch a TV show together, Better Call Saul just came on Netflix!
What are your plans for today? Are they romantic, cheesy, casual, or non-existent? Tell me all about it!